Saturday, October 4, 2008

First Base

For the years now the Yankees biggest weakness in the lineup has been first base. This past year we got very good production from Jason Giambi. However, he`s looking for a multi-year deal and he`s a huge injury risk.

The most popular option is Mark Texiera. Clearly, he`s the best guy available and would change first base from a weakness to a position we can count on. However, he`s looking for a ten year deal. That would carry him through until he`s 38. He probably won't get that. However, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Angels try and make him the team's new franchise player with Geuerrero aging. They could easily give him 8 years. We already made that mistake with Giambi. As soon as we get out from under one bad deal do you want to give a new one out?

Adam Dunn is also popular. He`s a great and very underrated hitter. His style is very similar to Giambi. However, he`s better. His defense isn't great. However, its merely slightly below average instead of truly awful. He`s younger and hits better than Giambi. He`d be a huge help for the offense. He adds some versatility in that he can play left field (although he`s not good) as well.

Manny Ramirez would aso be a flashy signing. He`s the best hitter available. He`d be expensive but I could see him signing for 3 years which isn't really that bad. The only problem with Ramirez is that he would force Matsui to move to first base. Cashman has said he doesn't want that. Sure, he hits better than Dunn but is the defensive fall-off at first base worth it? The price tag may also cause the Yankees to look at other guys. I`d love to see Manny in pinstripes, however, I find it unlikely.

Bobby Abreu could be back. However, it would, like Manny, force Matsui to move to first base. If he`d take a 2 year deal I couldn't complain. However, I doubt that`ll happen. They`d be best looking at Dunn or Manny.